With 2011 now a recent memory, the past 12 months offered both standard procedures and surprises happenings for talking points in barbershops everywhere. In usual fashion, stalwart in popular music MTV muscled in to compile their list of the “Hottest MCs In The Game”, as their “Brain Trust” (consisting of prominent industry figures like Sway CallowayShaheem Reid and Jayson Rodriguez) made sense of the calendar year.

As seen below, it should come as no surprise whatsoever to see the familiar faces of Jay-ZLil WayneNicki MinajKanye WestDrake and Rick Ross hold fort in the upper tiers of the list. Collectively spawning some of the biggest and best singles of the past few years with “Ni**as In Paris”, “Tupac Back” and “I’m On One”, this six-headed monster doesn’t look like it will be defeated for a good few years.

Four fresh new faces grace the list this year as WaleWiz KhalifaBig Sean and Meek Mill complete the round-up – in deserving fashion, too, as a successful album release (Finally Famous), a chart-controlling hit single (“Black & Yellow”) and money making moves to the major league (Wale and Meek Mill sign with MMG) are all shared between the crop.

Catch a few of the round-table discussions below and peep the full list at the bottom.

MTV’s Hottest MCs In The Game:
1. Rick Ross
2. Drake
3. Kanye West
4. Nicki Minaj
5. Lil Wayne
6. Jay-Z
7. Meek Mill
8. Big Sean
9. Wiz Khalifa
10. Wale